Strikeout queen Adelman on to the next level

Lady Lion on her way to Univ. of Connecticut

By Howard D. Newman

Four years have past since San Diego Jewish Academy Lady Lion Ali Adelman pitched her first varsity softball game. In between that time her reputation blossomed.

Adelman set six CIF San Diego Section records, recording 849 strikeouts, and is on her way east to the University of Connecticut as the Carmel Valley high School's first athlete to receive a Div. 1 college athletic scholarship.

"I know I will have to get use to the cold and snow," said Adelman. "I'm excited to continue at the NCAA level."

Adelman leaves behind a legacy according to Charlie Wund, athletic director at San Diego Jewish Academy.

"Ali's dedication to the sport, and the development of the softball program at the Academy is an inspiration to all athletes here," said Wund. "We are so proud of what she has done. We look forward to following Ali's career at Connecticut. Also, we will retire Ali's uniform number, the first ever at SDJA. It will be in the trophy case in our newly built gym."

Fittingly, that uniform number is 1.

Before Adelman goes off to become a Lady Huskie, she will play Travel ball this summer. Her team is the Artesian Punishers 18U, coached by California State University at Dominguez assistant coach Bob Medina.

"Last summer we qualified for the Nationals," said Adelman, "and we won it in College Station, Texas. This summer it will be held in Moline, Illinois."

Speaking of traveling, Adelman and 46 of her senior classmates recently returned from a five-week senior trip to Israel, a senior tradition at the school. After winning the Citrus West League for the third year in a row and going to the playoffs and winning their first ever playoff game last year, this year the Lady Lions couldn't go to the CIF playoffs. There were 13 Lady Lions on the team and seven were seniors. All went on the trip.

"We played all our (regular season) games before the Israel trip," said Adelman. "At first I was a little upset about not going to the playoffs. But, this trip was the best ever. We spent one week in Poland and that was an incredible experience. Visiting the former concentration camps and the Holocaust museums. It was very emotional. Then four weeks in Israel, seeing how the people have developed the country, the culture and the survivors that helped shape Israel."

Adelman's stats again were phenomenal this season. Her team was 15-2 overall and 13-0 in the Citrus West and Adelman's record was identical to her team (15-2, 13-0). She pitched 101.1 innings; giving up six earned runs, walking 16 and striking out 223, with 13 complete games including five shutouts. Adelman was also the team leader in batting with a .528 average, scoring 16 runs, driving in 25 teammates, hitting 1 homerun while only striking out an amazing once. She was a perfect six-for-six in stolen bases, and committed only one error in 17 games. Also amazing is Ali Adelman's GPA - 4.06.

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